The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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June 18, 2008

Locals excel in state mat tourneys

They say that in all sports, champions are made during the off-season. If that’s the case Mercer County should have a banner year in high school wrestling in 2008-09.

Several local wrestlers earned places at the recent Pennsylvania Wrestling Federation state freestyle and Greco-Roman championships.

Leading the way were a trio of Buhl Bad Karma Bulldawgz who took first place in both Olympic disciplines — Dillon D’Urso, Reynolds, Cadet Division 98 pounds; John Fischer, Hickory, Junior Division 105; and Coty Burnett, Greenville, Junior 125. Burnett had 7 competitors from the PIAA tournament in Hershey this past season in his weight class.

The trio earned berths in the national championships to be held in Fargo, N.D., in July. D’Urso and Burnett were allo invited to compete on the Pa. team in the national dual meet championships.

Several other Bulldawgz, coached by Mark Steen, copped places, including: Adam Matthews, Reynolds, 5th Cadet 119 freestyle; Blake Peterson, Laurel, 5th Junior 130 freestyle, 4th Greco; Ty Lydic, Latrobe, 6th Cadet 119 freestyle, 3rd Greco; Tyler Smith, Commodore Perry, Junior 145, 3rd freestyle.

One other local copped a first place — Brittany Gadd of Grove City, who finished first in the Women’s Junior 132 freestyle and also placed 6th in the men’s division at 130. Gadd, a recent graduate, is headed for the University of Cumberlands in Kentucky to play soccer and wrestle.

Others Mercer County area wrestlers who competed and placed were: Grove City — Caleb Kolb, 3rd Junior 171 freestyle; Tyler Miller, 2nd Junior 285, freestyle and greco; Brant Errera, 3rd Junior 135 freestyle; Mercer — Kayla Brendlinger, 3rd men’s Cadet 98 Greco; Hickory — Aaron Mills, 5th Cadet 145 freestyle; Sharon — Jordan Moss, 5th Junior 140 freestyle; Lewendo Teague, 4th Cadet 160 freestyle.

Moss, who won a PIAA state AA title for the Tigers this season, was in arguably the toughest weight class in the tournament. It was loaded with nationally ranked matmen as well as returning national champions Andrew Alton of Central Mountain and Jordan Oliver of Easton. Alton and Oliver put on a phenomenal display in the finals, according to Steen, with Alton winning.



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